Lets face it, no one ever thinks they will be involved in a motorcycle accident and when they do the last thing they think about is hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer because many people believe that if they have full coverage motorcycle insurance they will be taken care of in the event of a motorcycle accident. The truth of the matter is you should always hire a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer to represent you so your rights are protected when dealing with the at faults party’s insurance company.
After being involved in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention immediately; even if you don’t think you are seriously injured, those minor aches and pains can quickly turn into serious medical issues, and nothing is more important than protecting your life and your health!
Once you have been seen by a doctor, your next course of action should be to find a qualified and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer at once. During your traumatic ordeal you need to make sure that all of the facts of your accident are well documented, including witness accounts of the accident and that all other evidence is collected and recorded. In my 20 years of riding motorcycles I have overheard quite a few riders say, “If I already have full coverage motorcycle insurance, then why should I hire an attorney when I get hit on my bike?”
The answer is quite simple. If you were proven to be not at fault in the accident by the police, and even if the at fault party admits he was at fault, almost always the insurance company of the at fault party will more times than not deny your claim in full, forcing you to go to court, and in the case of serious physical injury and damage to your motorcycle this means you will need an experienced and aggressive motorcycle accident lawyer to fight your case and put the facts in the best light.
So how do you find and hire the right motorcycle accident lawyer to represent you and your accident claim? There are quite a few things you must take into account when talking to perspective lawyers, and first and foremost you want a a lawyer with extensive motorcycle accident claims experience, who knows the laws in your state, and a lawyer who has won a large percentage of his cases.
It doesn’t make any sense to hire a lawyer who specializes in probate law to fight your motorcycle accident case and in addition, hiring a lawyer who also rides a motorcycles brings additional experience and insights to your case because having a lawyer who knows the physical and mechanical elements of riding a motorcycle brings tools and knowledge to be utilized in your case.
Start your research by checking the internet for lawyers in your area. You should ask a lot of questions such as:
- How long have you been practicing law?
- How many motorcycle accident cases have you fought, and what percentage have you won?
- How will you pursue my case?
- What problems does he foresee in your case?
- What are your options?
- How will the lawyer charge for his services?
- How long will it take to being my case to conclusion?
While you should get a lawyer to represent you and your case as soon as possible, you shouldn’t just hire the first lawyer you speak with. Any lawyer who can’t give you few straight forward answers over the phone or seems confused, preoccupied or deceptive is your queue to move on immediately. While it would be next to impossible for any lawyer to examine and make qualified judgments on your case over the phone, once they have the basic information that can offer their professional opinion, and your next step would to set up an appointment to meet.
Hiring an experienced and skilled motorcycle accident lawyer to fight your case will ensure your legal rights are fully protected your case is presented in a favorable light to the courts and apposing insurance company.